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  • U.S. Threatened by Nationwide Clown Shortage

    When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? If it was a clown, the World Clown Association would like you to know that it's not too late. The organization's membership numbers have dwindled from 3,500 in 2004 to 2,500, ten years later.

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  • A Fine-Arts Degree May Be a Better Choice Than You Think

    For every fine arts major who goes into his chosen field of study with his head held high, there's another who cringes as he registers for classes, following his heart but fearing a future of unemployment. Well, fear not, our artistic friends: your employment opportunities might be better than you'd expect.

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  • Saving the World, One Ventriloquist Act at a Time

    Meet Nancy Burks Worcester, a professional ventriloquist. People often tell her, "You have the best job in the world!" and she thinks they are right.
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  • Creative Careers: Interview With Film and TV Composer Nathan Fleet

    Nathan Fleet loves movies and music, and he can play the Star Wars Cantina Band song on the guitar. So it's not surprising that he makes his living as a film and television composer. When he's not scoring movies, he's making them.
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  • Creative Careers: Interview with Reality Show Producer Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo

    Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo is a reality show producer whose credits include "Ready For Love," "Cheerleader Nation" and one of the most popular reality franchises "The Bachelor."
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  • AOL Anchor Auditions: Live Job Interview In Front of 1 Million People

    TV personalities always have to audition for a job but they don't usually have to do it live, in front of an audience of one million. But that's what hopefuls had to do last week if they wanted a chance at becoming the next AOL Live news anchor.
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  • Does Someone Have to Go: DFX Decides

    Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, we met the employees of DFX. The 30-year-old fitness equipment company has been having a hard time since founder Tom sold the company to his daughter Farren. Why? Mostly because Tom stayed on, micromanaging every employee with the help of surveillance cameras.
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  • The Big Brain Theory: Leadership Lessons and a Real World Test

    On Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory, two groups of the brightest engineers in the world put their skills to the test solving wild mechanical problems. This week, they were asked to take on a job a little more serious - create a mechanism to safely stop a car that doesn't yield at a military checkpoint. To win the round, the car has to remain drive-able and the passengers unscathed.
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  • Does Someone Have to Go: Big Brother is Watching at DFX

    DFX of Anaheim, California made its money with the patented Dynaflex Gyro fitness system. Tom started the company out of his garage back in the seventies, built it up to a successful business, and then sold the business to his daughter Farren so he could retire.
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  • Cool Jobs on TV: Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters

    There's something magical about a treehouse. Tucked inside the protective arms of Mother Nature, high above the Earth's floor, they provide sanctuary from parental interference and fodder for the imagination. It may look like a wooden box on stilts from the outside, but from the inside it's a pirate ship, a rocket or a medieval castle.
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  • Job Interview Tips from 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    Every year, thousands of dancers from all around the nation line up to audition for the Fox series, So You Think You Can Dance. Their ultimate goal? To get "hired" as one of the season's top 20 dancers. Each performer only has a few minutes to impress the judges not only with their talent but with their personality. If they succeed, they move on to the second round (Vegas). From there, it's like a probationary period where everything they do is under scrutiny and in the end, only the very best get the job.
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  • Cool Jobs on TV: Mountain Movers

    At the Winter X Games, snowboarders and snowmobilers perform gravity defying stunts on steep slopes of ice and snow. The only thing more amazing than pulling off a cab cork 1080 indy to a frontside 900 is turning a mountain full of snow into an awesome competition course in just a few days.
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  • Does Someone Have to Go: Employees Vote with Their Hearts Not Their Heads

    Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, we watched as the employees of Velocity Merchant Services roasted their co-workers in candid videos. That was followed by a mortifying round where salaries were revealed and from there, the group chose the three employees they thought deserved to be fired. Can the bottom three redeem themselves?
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  • Employees Literally Jump Through Hoops for the Boss Tonight on Wipeout

    If you think your boss makes you jump through hoops every day, you need to watch tonight's episode of the ABC game show Wipeout. It's a special Boss & Employee edition with a twist. In the first round, the teams will have to work together to make it through obstacles such as Cuckoo Crazy and the Wipeout Break Room. From there, they'll have to conquer the Miami Pound Machine and the last couples standing will head off to the nerd-infested IT City.
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  • Could Your Business Be the Next Big Reality Show?

    From cupcake bakers to duck call makers, small business owners and employees are today's top reality stars. The benefits of letting a camera crew follow your every move are obvious. Every episode is like a half hour commercial for your business and that means more people at your door.
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  • Resale Royalty 103: 'VIP: Very Important Purchasers'

    When 80 percent of your sales come from 20 percent of your customers, having a VIP Club that caters to that 20 percent makes good business sense. In this week's episode of Resale Royalty, Sue decides to relaunch her old VIP club at the suggestion of one of her oldest customers. They decide to kick the club off with a fancy evening party that will show the customers that Women's Closet Exchange isn't just a retail store, it's a social community for people who love quality fashion.
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  • TV's Most Dangerous Jobs: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?

    Since the golden age of television, we've been watching firemen and police officers put their lives on the line in order to protect the innocent. But those are just actors and although a few have been known to get hurt in the performance of their duties, acting isn't usually a dangerous profession. On the other hand, the stars of these four reality shows are truly risking life and limb every time the cameras roll. Why do they do it? Because with big risks, come big rewards.
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  • Starting Over at 70: XOX Betsey Johnson

    In the 1970's, Betsey Johnson was on her way to becoming an American fashion icon. Known for her whimsical designs, mismatched fabrics and bright colors, her clothes were popular with the young rock stars of the era. From there, she jumped hurdle after hurdle, never giving up on her wild fashions and wilder behavior. Going to a Betsey fashion show was like going to the circus and they always ended with the designer doing her signature cartwheel on the runway.
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  • 5 Lessons from Tabatha Takes Over

    To some people, Tabatha Coffey is a demonic elf who enjoys berating hardworking hairdressers for their sloppy work and poor attitude. To others, she's more like the elfin queen who has the magical ability to pull a failing business back from the brink.
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  • Art Careers - Can You Really Make a Career as an Artist?

    Name: Patrick Howe
    Job Title: Artist, art gallery owner, art instructor
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Current Employer: Self
    Years of Experience: 7
    Relevant Work Experience: I have exhibited my artwork widely in galleries and museums. I have also taught art for many years. I was the head preparator for the Portland Art Museum. In the past I have worked in ad agencies as a creative director and award-winning art director.
    Education: BFA from the Museum Art School (now PCNA) in Portland, OR, 1974.
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find art occupations and salaries.

    Art Careers - Can You Really Make a Career as an Artist?

    Many artists struggle to find a balance between work and art, wondering if they should get a day job, become a commercial artist, or focus on a fine art career. Before committing to the life of an artist, many want to know: can you really make a career as an artist? According to this Salary Story, the answer is yes, but it won't necessarily be easy. Patrick Howe, an artist, art instructor and owner of a Seattle art gallery, describes how he made the leap from toiling at a day job to doing what he loves. If you're a struggling artist or just want to know more about art careers, don't miss Patrick's advice on what it takes to create a successful fine art career.

     

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